June 2017 – Monthly Property Development Update

Here is the June 2017 round-up of our current developments and how they are progressing with accompanying build photos.

HCD1 – Regent Street

We have sold two more houses, so four are now proceeding to exchange with one unit left to sell. We also have potential interest in the remaining house from two parties.

HCD2 – No. 10 Alderley Edge

Excellent news as we have now been granted planning permission on four apartments along with payment of all costs incurred in the appeal process.  The development is continuing to progress in all other ways.

HCP156 – Station Road, Marple

All additional works have now been completed on this lovely house. Julian Wadden Estate Agents have uploaded the property details to Right Move and other property sites.  Several viewings have taken place but no offers as yet.

We have organised for the watering of the grass when there are dry spells and the lawns to be cut regularly to keep it looking pristine.  We are also constantly nipping into the house to change flowers in vases and keep it fresh for viewings. Other than that this is in the hands of the agents now – there is nothing more we can do and have to sit and wait for an interested buyer – fingers and toes crossed.

HCD3 – Woodlands

We have had to switch contractors as the one appointed (due to personal financial difficulties) had stopped paying his builders. There is no liability attached to us for this, but it has caused a delay of a couple of weeks.  Work is now progressing on the site again, and there is moderate interest from buyers which we do not expect to increase until the show home is finished.

HCD4 – Gratrix Park

Work is progressing on schedule with no issues to report.

HCD5 – Bank Chambers

The roof is leaking and needs to be repaired so we are costing this out at present. We are also still dealing with planning permission to convert the lower floor – sadly these things are never quick or easy to progress.

Fortunately the ground floor conversion does not impact on progress on the rest of the building.  The area around this building continues to improve with one of the best restaurants in the Manchester area having opened up recently just around the corner – “Where the Light Gets In”, which recently received rave reviews in the Guardian, and is seriously worth a visit if you are in the area.

HCD7 – Brundred Farm, Prestbury

This is still in planning appeal stage. We are more confident of success after the success of the appeal with No 10 Alderley Edge.

HCD10 – Bollin Heights

Apartments 1-4 are almost 90% complete on the build.  The doors are taking a little longer as they are made to measure doors.  The show apartment is completed and ready for viewings. There are some issues with obtaining bricklayers (which is an industry-wide problem) and this is slowing matters down a little.

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May Peer To Peer & Development Performance Stats

May 2017 Summary P2P & Development Stats

May 2017 summary and monthly statistics can be seen below.

Bridging Loans 30/05/2017
  Net
Total Amount Lent £18,816,670
Total Returns Paid £592,835
No of Loans 52
No of Loans Repaid 19
Average Loan Period 9
Investor Capital Lost 0%
Average Loan Size £358,721
Average Loan to Value 70%
Average Interest Rate Paid 8.94%

 

Development Loans 30/05/2017
  Net
Total Amount Lent £11,960,571
Total Returns Paid £146,212
No of Loans 18
No of Loans Repaid 6
Average Loan Period 10
Investor Capital Lost 0%
Average Loan Size £664,476
Average Loan to Value N/A
Average Interest Rate Paid 9.74%

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Performance Statistics: May 2017

Performance Statistics: May 2017

The figures are now in for our performance statistics from last month. You will see below our summary figures from the dividend, interest and capital payments made in May 2017. You can also see our total cumulative returns from 2013, which you may also find helpful to know.

May 2017

  • Projects paid out against = 31
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £89,844.35
  • Total value of capital repaid = £0.00
  • Total number of investors paid = 690

Total for 2017 So Far

  • Projects paid out against = 117
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £630,063.77
  • Total value of capital repaid = £3,471,307.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 3,173

Cumulative (from January 2013)

  • Project paid out against = 551
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £1,765,688.77
  • Total value of capital repaid = £8,477,027.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 11,671

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What Makes The House Crowd Different?

What Makes The House Crowd Different?

Property crowdfunding is a fast growing industry within the investment and savings sector. Inspired by our model and our success as the first property crowdfunding platform in the world, many imitators have emerged to challenge the crown.

Yet, despite the increasingly competitive industry, we continue to be the best crowdfunding platform of all (officially!) So what’s the secret to our success?

Most people will tell you that the way to differentiate yourself within your market is simply to be different. But any old idiot can be different – you’ve got to back up your uniqueness with solid foundations.

We stand out from the crowd because we are expert at what we do and we do it with complete transparency. Investors appreciate the low minimum invest level, investment security is high, and the opportunities for diversification within the asset class are excellent.

Besides all that, we still have to provide a compelling reason for people to get behind us. And that is precisely what The House Crowd has done.

The First And Still The Best

We have always defined ourselves as original thought-leaders. Because we were the first property crowdfunding platform, it goes without saying that we know a good deal of everything there is to know about the industry – after all, we invented it. But, moreover, we are at the forefront when it comes to anticipating, identifying, and reacting to changing circumstances to ensure we meet investors’ needs.

Frazer: The Face of The House Crowd

Besides our obvious expertise, there is also a recognisable face at the forefront of The House Crowd as a brand. That face, of course, is Frazer. It is Frazer’s vision that gave birth to the property crowdfunding model, and his story is one that is as human as it is inspirational.

From his Manchester rave culture adolescence, to his career as a music lawyer, through to a range of entrepreneurial projects, and the eventual dawning of property crowdfunding, Frazer has lived a varied and vibrant life.

The hard work, skills, and knowledge it took him to get The House Crowd off the ground, legally permissible, and into the public eye are a testament to the power of labour and perseverance. To know that there is a man who has a lifelong passion for entrepreneurial spirit is an appealing and assuring concept for people searching for the right hands into which to trust their investment.

Hard work and skills may have been what got The House Crowd off the ground, but part of Frazer’s continued popularity is his honest and sometimes forthright way of communicating. He is a character who has always questioned the status quo, famously leaving his glamorous career in law after being told that ‘love is not a word lawyers use’ by his boss. Never afraid to swim against the tide, it’s both Frazer’s boldness and his intuition for what works that breed confidence from others.

By equal measure, he owns up to his investment mistakes; he shares and clearly articulates how he endeavours not to make the same mistake again. These are rare qualities in most leaders.

Swimming Against The Tide

It is Frazer’s questioning of the status quo that has fed the originality of The House Crowd’s manifesto.

The company has always been about democratising property investment, opening the doors to people from all walks of life. Regardless of how much or how little somebody has to invest, our policy has always been the same: we treat everyone with the same openness, attention, and we care for their money as if it were our own.

Our honesty and transparency differentiate us from the faceless competition, who despite adopting our innovative model, still slump through the dark ages when it comes to their attitude to investors. To us, our investors are all equal, and are welcomed in as though we were a family (if that’s not too trite an analogy).

These are the reasons we are different, and the reasons why we continue to lead the way in the property crowdfunding space. As we continue to grow and evolve our model with the changing shape of property in this era of uncertainty, we are adamant that we will never let go of these factors which make us so unique and special. We hope you will join us on the journey.

May 2017 – Monthly Property Development Update

May 2017

Here is a round-up of our latest developments and how they are progressing with accompanying and sometimes interesting photos.

HCD2 – No. 10 Alderley Edge

We are very pleased to announce that we have, this week, won the planning appeals for Alderley Edge (and were awarded full costs). We also already have two parties keen to reserve two of the apartments.

HCD1 – Regent Street

We have received reservation deposits on another three properties at Regent Street.  Assuming all of them go through we will have just two plots remaining – and we have some serious interest in at least one of those. It’s taken quite a bit longer to sell these properties than expected, but we have learned some valuable lessons along the way and they are now selling well.

HCP156 – Station Road Marple

All the issues with the flooding to the cellar have been dealt with and it is now a fully habitable space with flooring.  Our very own Diane (what would we do without her!) has been busy maintaining the lawn and mountaineering up step ladders to trim the hedges in order to keep the property looking attractive to viewers. We recently appointed a new sales agent who is generating a fair amount of interest in the property.  The new photos look great on Rightmove and we had several viewings last week. We await further developments – fingers crossed this property will sell soon as it deserves to be lived in and loved.

HCD5 – Bank Chambers

Our Bank Chambers development of nine apartments is in the heart of thriving up-and-coming Stockport. The roof has now been removed and thankfully no unforeseen horrors were exposed (which is always a danger when converting an old building).  New windows have been fitted and other work is progressing smoothly.

There are still some issues to try and sort out with the conservation officer regarding our plans for the additional apartments on the ground floor, and we are hoping to have some positive news on this shortly (though there are never any guarantees when dealing with council officials who can rather suddenly move the goal posts!)

HCD10 – Bollin Heights

Full planning has been granted for stage two of this development and we are now in the process of applying for stage 3 of the planning permission which involves adding an extension to the rear of the building. We have also have found a personal training company who are keen to set up and operate the fitness studio, and we expect the apartments to be ready for purchasers to move into by October 2017. The sales agents continue to receive strong interest in the remaining apartments.

HCD4 – Gratrix Park

We had a slight issue recently with the drainage on part of the site which has caused minor delays, and we had to create a ‘soak-away’ under the road after negotiation with the council who decided they weren’t going to pay for it – joy. This has created additional and unexpected costs, but everything else is progressing well. We anticipate the show house and the first few units will be complete by early July 2017.

HCD3 – The Woodlands

We had a few problems with the council towards the start of the year, but everything is now resolved. The foundations for the first tranche of houses have been laid and work is progressing at a decent pace. Interest from local Yorkshire home buyers (who have to date been somewhat sceptical about the idea of buying off-plan) has started growing as potential buyers can now see the site developing and taking shape. Our priority is to get the show home ready as quickly as possible to aid off-plan sales.

 HCD13 – Coppenhall Way

We have exchanged contracts and the pre-completion conditions should be finished this week so that we can start clearing the site and ‘breaking ground’ before the end of the month.

HCD7 – Brundred Farm Prestbury:

No change – we are still waiting on the outcome of the planning appeal.

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April Peer To Peer & Development Performance Stats

April 2017 Summary P2P & Development Stats

April 2017 summary and monthly statistics can be seen below.

Bridging Loans 30/04/2017
  Net
Total Amount Lent £15,590,670
Total Returns Paid £592,835
No of Loans 44
No of Loans Repaid 19
Average Loan Period 10
Investor Capital Lost 0%
Average Loan Size £339,606
Average Loan to Value 70%
Average Interest Rate Paid 8.94%

 

Development Loans 30/04/2017
  Net
Total Amount Lent £11,010,571
Total Returns Paid £146,212
No of Loans 17
No of Loans Repaid 6
Average Loan Period 10
Investor Capital Lost 0%
Average Loan Size £647,681
Average Loan to Value N/A
Average Interest Rate Paid 9.74%

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Performance Statistics: April 2017

Performance Statistics: April 2017

The figures are now in for our performance statistics from last month. You will see below our summary figures from the dividend, interest and capital payments made in April 2017. You can also see our total cumulative returns from 2013, which you may also find helpful to know.

April 2017

  • Projects paid out against = 22
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £166,123.59
  • Total value of capital repaid = £589,400 (1 x development capital, 1 x bridging loan & 2 x HCP projects)
  • Total number of investors paid = 769

Total for 2017 So Far

  • Projects paid out against = 86
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £540,219.42
  • Total value of capital repaid = £3,471,307.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 2,483

Cumulative (from January 2013)

  • Project paid out against = 520
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £1,675,844.42
  • Total value of capital repaid = £8,477,027.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 10,981

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Frazer’s Book Is The Number 1 Bestseller!

As you’re probably aware by now, Frazer has written another book called ‘The Alternative Guide To Property Investment’ which is all about how you can use crowdfunding to build your property portfolio and a better financial future for you and your family.

The book was available for pre-order yesterday, and he already managed to top the charts for real estate, personal finance and investing, making it a bestseller!

You can order the book off Amazon here

Here are some of the reviews so far…

“Frazer has written this book using common English words which are spoken by most people every day, which makes this book a joy to read. It is almost like a modern courtroom drama with the various points discussed, analysed, the evidence being carefully considered as the reader is guided through this book with short chapters, and a complete lack of waffle or flannel (if you prefer). I wished that Frazer had written this book 5 years earlier!”

John Miller (crowdfunding investor)

“An invaluable and enlightening insight for your financial future’’

Nigel Beverley (crowdfunding investor)

“This book shows how I can secure my family’s future through property investment, whilst avoiding the usual hurdles. It gives me peace of mind that crowdfunding platforms exist and, more importantly, that they are run by real property experts.”

Gareth Clements (crowdfunding investor)

“I‘m retired and always looking for the best way to boost my income each year. This guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to control their own investment decisions. Why didn’t someone tell me about this brilliant alternative form of investment before now.”

Paul Stallard (crowdfunding investor)

“Frazer’s book about property crowdfunding gives a fascinating outline of his history over a wide range of ‘job’ experiences which led to the creation of his crowd-sharing property business (I think its success must stem from him earning money from ‘magic’ shows in his early teens, coupled with the rigorous training of a law degree.)

As for the main part of the book, I read it with much interest (non-monetary!) – it was very thorough – and when I had finished it, I felt that I had no questions left to ask about property crowdfunding! It also reinforced my opinion that ‘I had done the right thing’ in putting some of my pennies into such a scheme!”

Dr. Philip Briggs (crowdfunding investor)

Residential v Commercial Property Investment

Residential v Commercial Property Investment

This is an excerpt from Chapter 6, ‘Residential versus Commercial Property Investment’, of Frazer’s upcoming book, The Alternative Guide To Property Investment. You can register your interest in pre-ordering the book by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post.

We have discussed the residential property investment sector at some length, but commercial property can be an excellent addition to a healthy investment portfolio if you are looking for consistent, steady yields alongside a decent level of growth.

Commercial real estate has shown long-term positive performance, with combined annual returns averaging around 9% depending on the area and type of property.

The steady and predictable cash stream potentially afforded by rental income from commercial property translates to possible protection against volatility in financial markets.

Here are some reasons why investors may find commercial property attractive:

  • Historically strong returns – With an average annual return of about 9% over a 20-year period commercial real estate has performed well historically.
  • Rental income from stable commercial properties means a potential steady and predictable cash stream (translating into possible protection and diversification during financial market volatility).
  • Beneficial taxation – When structured properly, commercial property can offer investors a number of tax benefits.
  • A hedge against inflation – A potentially important factor for your portfolio, since property normally benefits from inflation.
  • Ability to leverage your capital – As with residential property you can obtain mortgages and potentially multiply your ROCE (return on capital employed).
  • Diversification – There is no direct correlation with the stock market and you can further diversify within the asset class itself.

These are some of the different types of commercial property into which you can invest and spread your risk:

  • Office property (either prime or secondary);
  • Industrial property: Warehouse and manufacturing units; heavy manufacturing; light assembly; ‘flex’ warehouses (mixed industrial/office space); and bulk warehouses, like distribution centres.;
  • Retail: Individual shops,takeaways, shopping centres, etc.;
  • Multi-unit apartment buildings/HMOs: Although providing homes, these are treated as commercial premises;
  • Self-storage: Self-contained units rented to tenants for storage of material items, usually on a monthly basis;
  • Hotels: Bed and breakfast, small boutique hotels or big-name establishments.

However, property investors when they start investing seem to prefer residential, perhaps understandably, as it falls more easily within their knowledge base and comfort zone.

The philosophical difference between residential and commercial is that when you invest in residential property, you are essentially transacting with individuals – it is a much more personal transaction especially as people will be living in your property and making it their home.


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April – Monthly Property Development Update

April 2017

Here is a round-up of our latest developments and how they are progressing, with pictures available on the links below the descriptions.

HCD10 – Bollin Heights

Work is progressing on schedule and the show apartment is now complete and looks great.

We have applied for planning permission for phase 2, and expect a positive decision on 8th May as it is not contentious.

Sales proceeds are now £300,000 over what was anticipated.

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HCD5 – Bank Chambers

Work is now well underway and proceeding apace. The conservation officer has signed off on all works for the top two floors. Discussions regarding the extra apartments on the ground floor are ongoing.

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HCD4 – Gratrix Park

This development is progressing well with no issues. Sales are strong with 12 units reserved, and we have increased prices slightly.

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HCD3 – The Woodlands

Work has now started after all the council’s issues have been resolved. We are working to get the show home and on-site sales office built ASAP to aid sales. Although the start of works has been significantly delayed, the contractors should be able to make up most of the time lost and will do so once enough confirmed sales have been made.

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HCD2 – 10 Congleton Road, Alderley Edge

Work is proceeding apace with no problems. We will be raising money for the final stage next month (May 2017).

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HCD1 – Regent St

Unfortunately, the expected bulk sale fell through. We have changed agents and improved marketing and have decided to drop the price in the hopes of attracting interest. There are no confirmed sales on the remaining 5 as yet, although there are various interested parties.

HCP156 – 103 Station Road, Marple

The cellar and all other remedial works have now been completed and the property will be going back on the market ASAP.  The cellar is now a habitable space.

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HCD7 – Brundred Farm

Following the rejection of our planning application despite the planners recommending it, our purchase option has been extended for 8 months. The planning appeal is being prepared and will be submitted imminently.

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